Appealing A Canadian Visa Refusal

The government of Canada’s immigration department, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, receives thousands if not tens of thousands of applications every year from people who wish to immigrate to Canada and apply for various Canadian visas.

After processing your visa or immigration application, which may take weeks, months or even in some cases years, you will receive notice as to the status of your application from the Canadian government. However, in some cases, applicants may find that their visa application or their immigration application has actually been refused. But this does not mean the end of your immigration journey to Canada – you have options and you may be eligible to appeal.

Appealing a Canadian visa application refusal

There are a number of options one has when they have a visa application refused. You may actually be able to appeal the decision, or if you believe there was an error in the processing of the application (or on your part in filling out the application) you could ask for it to be processed again.

In short, your options include:?- Appealing the decision to the Immigration Adjudication Division, or IAD.?- Appealing the decision to the Federal Court of Canada.?- Making a request for your application to be restored to the Case Processing Centre. ??However, not all of these options will work for you. There are so many different factors involved in a Canadian visa refusal appeal, and all of these factors – such as whether you are in Canada or not, why you were refused and what type of application you originally submitted – determine what course of action you take.

But even though you can appeal, know that you may only have a few days to do so. In any type of visa decision appeal in Canada, there are strict time limits. Contact our immigration law firm for help as soon as you receive notice you have been refused! We can help.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.



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